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Lack Of Movement – Not Just Sitting – Is Unhealthy Behavior

October 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
British researchers say that, contrary to other recent studies, sitting for long periods of time does not lead to an early death. The study monitored 5,000 people for 16 years, finding no association between sitting and an untimely death. The real problem is lack of movement, not sitting or standing per se. “Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health,” the authors concluded. The results also cast doubt on the benefits of sit-stand workstations.
Richard M. Pulsford et al., "Associations of sitting behaviors with all-cause mortality over a 16-year follow-up: the Whitehall II study. ", International Journal of Epidemiology, October 30, 2015, © Pulsford et al.
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